Stabbing on German train kills 2, injures 7; motive remains unknown

Streaming HUBJanuary 25, 2023

A man in Germany stabbed two people to death on a train and injured seven others before police arrested him on Wednesday.

“It’s terrible,” Sabine Sutterlin-Wach, interior minister for the state of Schleswig-Holstein, told German public broadcaster NDR. “We are shocked and horrified that something like this has happened.”

The man, in his 20s and 30s, was identified as having boarded a train from Kiel to Hamburg and attacked several passengers at around 3pm before the train arrived at Brockstedt station in northern Germany.

Several people called the police as soon as the attack occurred, and officers were able to stop the train and detain the suspect. The train station in Broksted was closed for several hours.

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Forensic experts walk next to a train that was hit by a knife attack at a railway station in Brockstadt, Germany, January 25, 2023.

Forensic experts walk next to a train that was hit by a knife attack at a railway station in Brockstadt, Germany, January 25, 2023.
(Reuters / Fabian Bimmer)

Three people suffered serious injuries and four others had minor injuries.

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The police also admitted the suspect to the hospital for treatment. Officials did not provide additional details about the suspect’s identity, but noted that based on a preliminary investigation, the suspect did not appear on any extremist watch lists.

A train stands at a station in Brockstedt, Germany, following an incident of knife attack during a journey between Kiel and Hamburg on January 25, 2023.

A train stands at a station in Brockstedt, Germany, following an incident of knife attack during a journey between Kiel and Hamburg on January 25, 2023.
(Reuters / Fabian Bimmer)

German outlet DW reported that two hours after the attack, police had yet to identify a motive or update the condition of the victims.

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But the DPA news agency, citing a security source, reported that the suspect had displayed signs of psychological illness.

Forensic workers are shown on the platform of a train in Brockstadt, Germany, on January 25, 2023. German police say a man fatally stabbed two people on a train and injured seven others before police arrested him.

Forensic workers are shown on the platform of a train in Brockstadt, Germany, on January 25, 2023. German police say a man fatally stabbed two people on a train and injured seven others before police arrested him.
(Jonas Walzberg/dpa via AP)

The NDR reported that regional and federal police joined the prosecutor’s office to investigate the attack.

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Train operator Deutsche Bahn expressed its condolences on Wednesday evening, saying “Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims. We wish the injured a speedy and full recovery.”

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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